State and federal ministers will meet in Mount Isa tomorrow with the focus on northern development.
The third meeting of the Ministerial Forum on Northern Development will look at job and wealth-creating endeavours across a number of areas including resources, tourism, defence industry, water and indigenous economic development.
The forum, convened by Minister for Resources and Northern Australia, Matt Canavan, will bring together several Federal Government ministers, as well as ministers from Queensland, Western Australia and the Northern Territory, to look at policy development across jurisdictions in the north.
“To unlock northern Australia’s full potential, we need to work together to help support innovation, enterprise and productivity in new and existing industries,” Senator Canavan said.
“This is a crucial opportunity to advocate for and champion northern Australia, and to promote investment opportunities in this important part of the country.”
With resources and mining on the agenda, Senator Canavan said Mount Isa was a fitting location for the meeting.
“The North West Minerals Province is one of the world’s richest mineral-producing regions, and it has delivered major economic benefits to Queensland for decades,” he said.
“I’m really looking forward to working together to explore how we can make northern Australia an even bigger economic powerhouse for the nation through investment and co-operation.”
Tours of Mount Isa mining projects will form part of the forum’s activities, with ministers also getting the chance to discuss issues with stakeholders from across the north.
Senator Canavan, Indigenous Affairs Minister, Nigel Scullion, and Assistant Trade Minister, Mark Coulton, will represent the Federal Government at the meeting.
Other attendees include Queensland Deputy Premier, Jackie Trad, Northern Territory Treasurer, Nicole Manison, Northern Territory Minister for Tourism, Lauren Moss, and Western Australia Assistant Minister for State Development, Jobs and Trade, Darren West.